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Taking Stock of Richard Stockton

Back in 2008 I wrote a series of postings about Richard Stockton, a judge from New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence in August 1776. Four months later he was in the custody of the British army. As I discussed in my first...Show More Summary

Old Cyclorama Parking Lot Deconstruction

The National Park Service is cutting down trees in the area of the old Cyclorama Center parking lot, which is now the National Cemetery Parking lot in order to reduce the size of the parking lot, to restore a ravine that was in this location at the time of the battle. This view was taken […] The post Old Cyclorama Parking Lot Deconstruction appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Conference planned on the Union’s fiery destruction of Shenandoah Valley

In 1864, the Union systematically destroyed the agricultural riches of the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley, leaving behind a starving population as winter closed in. This campaign against civilians marked a policy change in the then three-year-old war. The Burning is the subject of a one-day conference on Aug. 13 at James Madison University. […]

Fear Mongering With History

Over the weekend I heard a distinguished and recently retired Civil War historian lament the state of history education today. It’s not the first time that I have had to sit through such a doomsday scenario, but I don’t mind admitting that it was just a bit more painful given that it took place in […]

Visit the History List for Signed Books and More

The History List is an online resource of events at historical sites, tours, reenactments, conferences—whatever organizations choose to list.You can visit the site to see what’s coming up in your state or sign up for one of its weekly...Show More Summary

East Cemetery Hill Restoration Work

The Civil War Trust is tearing down a structure that they purchased on East Cemetery Hill. They are doing their part to restore the ground to the way that it looked in 1863 when this line was lightly defended by Ohio soldiers who were overrun by Louisiana soldiers on the evening of July 2, 1863. Show More Summary

Jerks, Shockers, and Lucky Dogs at the J.A.R.

The Journal of the American Revolution has just concluded one of its popular group interviews, in which chief editor Todd Andrlik asks a bunch of us contributors for our opinions on various questions. Sometimes we agree, sometimes there are almost as many answers as respondents. Show More Summary

A Weekend in Richmond with the Civil War Trust

Thanks to the Civil War Trust for hosting another incredible teacher institute in Richmond, Virginia. While this is my 5th year with the Trust it’s been a couple of years since my last visit. I especially enjoyed the chance to catch up with old friends and spend time with some of the most passionate teachers […]

Behind Blood on the Snow

The Summer 2016 issue of Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes a short article by me about Blood on the Snow, the play that the Bostonian Society commissioned and hosted this spring. As I noted...Show More Summary

Civil War governor’s mansion in Louisiana destroyed in fire

The white frame, pillared house in Opelousas, La., that served as the home and office of Louisiana Gov. Thomas O. Moore for nine months between 1862 and 1863 burned to the ground on July 14. Local officials think it was arson. A nearby museum was also set afire, but there was little damage. Moore and the […]

When Minutemen Marched into Marshfield

So in 1775 there were a hundred British soldiers stationed in Marshfield, mostly on the estate of Nathaniel Ray Thomas. Their commander was Capt. Nisbet Balfour of the 4th Regiment.And on the morning of 20 April, according to Isaac Thomas...Show More Summary

A Child’s View of the Revolution in Marshfield

In his History of Shipbuilding on North River, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (1889), L. Vernon Briggs recorded some recollections he remembered hearing from Isaac Thomas (1765-1859) of Marshfield. Isaac was nine years old when the Revolutionary War began. Show More Summary

Rev. Ebenezer Thompson, Minister to the Marshfield Loyalists

Ebenezer Thompson was born in West Haven, Connecticut, in 1712. He graduated from Yale College in 1733, married the following March, and then did what Yale graduates weren’t supposed to do: start worshipping in the Church of England....Show More Summary

Is Pokemon Go a Blessing or Curse for Museums and Historic Sites?

They have already been sighted at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Flight 93 National Memorial and even the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. No, this is not a new wave of young history buffs, but phone wielding kids (and adults) playing Pokemon Go. Read this before proceeding any further if you have no idea what […]

The Mystery of Marshfield’s “many ill disposed people”

I’ve been tracing the political back-and-forth in Marshfield, Massachusetts, often labeled a “Tory town” but more clearly a split town.When the story left off, the Patriot faction was in the ascendancy. Loyalist leader Nathaniel Ray Thomas had been chased out of Marshfield by crowds from the neighboring communities. Show More Summary

The Free State of Jones and the ‘Poor Man’s Fight’

The new movie, The Free State of Jones, does a number of things to challenge the Lost Cause narrative of the American Civil War. It not only places slavery at the center of the story, but it also destroys the popular idea that white Southerners were united in their cause for independence. I suspect that […]

The Political Seesaw in 1774 Marshfield

As the year 1774 began, the Loyalist party in Marshfield was on top, pushing through a town-meeting resolution disapproving of the destruction of tea in Boston harbor the previous month. (And implicitly of the burning of tea in Marshfield...Show More Summary

A Confederate Flag Unfurled and Furled Again in S.C.

Like many of you I have gone through the full range of emotions over the past few days in response to the shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Paul, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas. The violence and multiple narratives that we have now grown use to hearing in response to these incidents fits easily into a […]

Was Marshfield a Tory Town?

Because Marshfield officially voted to thank Gov. Thomas Gage for sending troops in the winter of 1775, it got a lasting reputation as a “Tory town.”And indeed Marshfield had many more Loyalists than neighboring towns. Or at least the creation of its Association meant it had more visible, undeniable Loyalists. Show More Summary

London’s Response to the Marshfield Loyalists

In February 1775 Gen. Thomas Gage received the thanks of the town of Marshfield, or at least of the Loyalist majority at that February town meeting, for stationing British soldiers in that town. The royal governor responded as protocol...Show More Summary

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